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Santa makes early stop at Victoria East (video)

By chirst
Dec. 8, 2012 at 6:08 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2012 at 6:09 a.m.

Tatiana Espinoza, 16, right, helps Nash Donahue, 4, express his desires to Santa (played by Jacob Hernandez, 14) on Saturday during the Santa Sitters event at Victoria East High School. Members of the Golden Saber Dance Team watched children with the help of Santa, allowing parents to run errands or Christmas shop as a fundraiser for the team.

Five-year-old Kenedy Blough not only got to meet Santa Claus on Saturday - she got to play with him.

"You be a reindeer and then you run and Santa has to tag you," Kenedy said, explaining how to play the Reindeer Game.

Santa tagged her, she said, but only after she got to sit on his lap and tell him exactly what she wanted for Christmas. She is thinking she wants either a horse or a zebra with a baby.

Kenedy was one of about 10 children who got to hang out with Santa Claus at Victoria East High School during Santa Sitters, a fundraiser for the Victoria East High School Golden Saber Dance Team.

"The girls are trying to raise money for competition, and it gives them experience on how to run group settings and has them learn to work together as a group," said Gloria Gomez, president of the booster club.

She said most of the 32 girls on the varsity and junior varsity teams were at the fundraiser, which charged $25 for one child or $40 for two to be supervised and entertained all afternoon.

Leslie Blough, Kenedy's mom, said the event was perfectly timed and good for Kenedy.

"I got Christmas shopping done ... and it looks like she had fun. If they do it again, we will be back," she said.

Alyssa Figueroa, junior lieutenant of the dance team, said students have to raise their own money for all of their competitions.

"We have to get our team out there willing to help to get money. If we don't get the money, we can't go. It all depends on us," Figueroa said.

Gomez said the girls are still looking for sponsors, especially for the competition they host in Victoria in March.

She said they will probably schedule the event again next year.

The Santa Sitters also hosted a letter-writing campaign to Santa, face painting, coloring stations and a television area for Christmas shows.

Though Kenedy played in all the stations, she said playing tag with Santa was her favorite part of the day.



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